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U.S. Imports in 2014 | Top Ports, NVOs, and Countries

Published: 27 Feb 2015 00:07:25 PST
Zepol’s data shows that U.S. ocean imports increased 6 percent in 2014 from 2013. Total TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) reached 19.4 million, their highest volume ever. U.S. imports were over 1 million TEUs more than 2013, which reached 18.3 million. The graphs below show just how much growth was seen in 2014.

US imports 2014 vs 2013 graph
(U.S. Monthly Ocean Imports in 2013 vs. 2014 by TEUs)


us imports annual teus 2003 to 2014 graph
(U.S. Ocean Imports from 2003 to 2014 by TEUs)


Top U.S. Ports in 2014
The top U.S. port for 2014 was once again Los Angeles, which increased in import volume by 8 percent from 2013. The port of Savannah, GA was the fourth-largest U.S. port in 2014. The Atlantic port increased in imports by 17 percent from 2013, the largest gain out of the top 10 ports. See the table below for total imports in 2014 vs. 2013 for the top 10 U.S. ports.

U.S. Port 2014 TEUs 2013 TEUs % Change
Los Angeles, CA 4,272,493 3,968,200 8%
Long Beach, CA 3,537,860 3,456,436 2%
Newark/ New York 2,972,464 2,788,246 7%
Savannah, GA 1,355,928 1,157,338 17%
Norfolk, VA 981,518 902,258 9%
Tacoma, WA 821,880 724,163 13%
Oakland, CA 820,979 780,682 5%
Houston, TX 768,865 682,108 13%
Charleston, SC 748,511 658,049 14%
Seattle, WA 457,904 572,165 -20%
All Others 2,693,440 2,571,152 5%
TOTAL 19,431,844 18,260,797 6%




Top NVOCCs in 2014
The top NVOCCs (non-vessel operating common carrier) for 2014 include Expeditors International of Washington (EXDO), Blue Anchor Line (BANQ), and Christal Lines (CHSL). Christal Lines had the greatest surge in TEU volume from 2013 with a 76 percent increase. The rapid rise in volume coincides with its recent merger with Phoenix International last year. See the below table for the top NVOs in 2014 vs. 2013.

NVOCC Name 2014 TEUs 2013 TEUs % Change
EXDO - Expeditors International of Washington 420,042 388,386 8%
BANQ - Blue Anchor America Line 393,308 339,716 16%
CHSL - Christal Lines 317,092 180,452 76%
AMAW - Apex Shipping Co 250,561 228,898 9%
OERT - Orient Express Container Co 216,250 197,345 10%
DMAL - Danmar Lines Ltd 193,602 175,945 10%
SHKK - Schenkerocean Limited 168,642 165,362 2%
HNLT - Honour Lane Shipping Ltd 144,859 119,525 21%
TOPO - Topocean Consolidation Service 131,645 120,596 9%
HYSL - Hecny Shipping Limited 123,417 110,947 11%
All Others 4,501,173 4,176,822 8%
TOTAL 6,860,592 6,203,993 11%




Top Countries of Origin in 2014
It’s no surprise that the most U.S. imports come from China, which has continued to grow in 2014. U.S. imports from China rose 6 percent from 2013, nearly half a million TEUs, with a total of over 9 million TEUs last year. Vietnam has also made some large leaps in exports to the United States. Although it’s far behind China's volume, the country increased its TEUs to the U.S. by 15 percent from 2013 to 2014. The table below shows the top 10 countries the United States imports from via ocean shipments.

Country of Origin 2014 TEUs 2013 TEUs % Change
China 9,045,897 8,505,989 6%
Vietnam 734,789 639,436 15%
South Korea 694,100 667,799 4%
Japan 615,921 600,032 3%
Germany 570,051 537,309 6%
Taiwan 546,218 510,423 7%
India 472,661 413,144 14%
Hong Kong 371,374 399,845 -7%
Italy 370,806 348,530 6%
Thailand 350,911 336,064 4%
All Others 5,659,118 5,302,227 6%
TOTAL 19,431,844 18,260,797 6%


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The Data in this Blog:
The data in the blog derives from Zepol's database of U.S. ocean import documents, TradeIQ Import. The TEU numbers do not include fright labeled as 'freight remaining on board' (shipments that do not stay in the United States but continue on to another destination) and do not include empty containers.

Posted on 1/13/2015 10:15 AM. Posted in General, News, By Cori Rogers.

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